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Author: Alexandra Leslie

Venice: Carnevale 2013

This weekend I travelled to Italy for the first time. More specifically, Venice, Italy, for Carnevale. For those of you who don’t know wh at Carnevale is (because up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t either), it is an annual festival held in Saint Mark’s Square two weeks before Ash Wednesday, ending on Shrove Tuesday. The festival is an opportunity for locals and tourists to daunt their costumes and masks while parading around the city.   I got into Venice in the early afternoon. Not knowing Italian, the obvious language barrier made me nervous. However, the majority of Venice is tourists, therefore it was easier than I thought it would be. My first purchase in Italy was a €2 cup of hot wine that I got from a little stand on the walk to our apartment. It’s a lot stronger than the mulled wine in London.   We got to our apartment that myself and six others rented for the weekend through airbnb.com, and it was nicer looking than my flat in London. Well worth the price, and somewhat off the beaten path on Calle Priuli Dei Cavaleti, where we were further away from the touristy section of city, and that’s how we wanted it.   Our first stop after settling in was for a late lunch for some authentic pasta at a restaurant called Trattoria “All’ Aquila.”...

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